We’ve all been there…getting ready for a night out and not being able to help yourself check ‘yourself’ to make sure your lady parts are prepared, just in case you somehow manage to get lucky and pull. The routine usually consists of a good thorough wash, whilst ensuring you are completely hair free and as smooth as a baby’s bottom down there. Whether you are single or not, there is nothing that matches this feeling – a good pamper sesh down there can make you feel a million dollars. I’m sure you will agree.
Now for us ladies, we are not foreign to having something shoved up our lady bits – but there is a new product that has hit the market that definitely SHOULD be something foreign that you never shove up your delicately, PH balanced, private bits. But before we get into that, let’s look at how delicate the female anatomy truly is.
The vagina is a fragile and delicate body part that needs to be carefully tended to! We all remember ‘pH’ from Science class…but we definitely didn’t pay enough attention in school to remember what it means.
We used ‘pH’ to describe substances, to determine their acidity. The pH scale ranges from 0-14, with any substance with a pH of 0-6 being ‘acidic’, and those 8-14 being an alkaline. The pH scale determines 7 as a ‘neutral’ substance. You will be shocked to know that a ‘healthy’ vagina is not 7 on the pH scale as we would expect, but it in fact should actually have a pH of 3.5-4.5, which is technically acidic! As there is a narrow window of the ideal pH of a vagina, it is imperative that we do not use any products that will tip this pH off. The acidity of our vaginas ensures they can in fact ‘clean’ themselves, although this sounds so gross it is true! And inundating your delicate flower with scented shower creams is only going to increase the bad bacteria in your private parts – leading to infections and discharge, both of which have a side effect of vaginal odor. Lovely.
Don’t believe us? Well vagina expert, gynecologist Marcelle Pick had the following to say on this topic: “The vagina is generally well balanced and doesn’t need to have any washes or medication to keep that balance. Vaginal secretions tend to be more acidic and this is a normal part of its physiology.”
So what is this product we are going to warn you off in the following article? Vagina glitter. Yes you heard right, the vajazzle has now gone a step further. Pretty Woman Inc have created this product which they describe as “a sparkalized capsule that is inserted into the vagina at least one hour prior to having sexual intercourse”. You enter it before intercourse, and create that unrealistic illusion of our vaginas being a happy, rainbow, unicorn, cupcake, happy little things. But as we have discussed, the delicate pH of our vaginas means that this definitely is not the case.
“As the capsule becomes increasingly warmed and moistened by the natural vaginal fluids it will begin to dissolve releasing the sparkling, candy flavoured passion dust inside of the capsule. [It’s] just enough to make your lover feel that your Yara (water-lady or little butterfly) is what all vaginas are supposed to look, feel and taste like; soft, sweet and magical!”
But unsurprisingly, health experts have warned ladies off from using this product. Although it may seem like a fun idea, it is bad for your delicate flower. It can affect the pH of your vagina majorly, which in turn will lead to nasty infections, discharge, odor and worst of all pain. So one night of passion with the passion dust can actually lead to weeks on end of no funny business – something that we definitely do not want to have to deal with that’s for sure.
“Using a product like this so called passion dust might actually kill off any passion at all. The starch and gelatin will increase the pH as well as adding sugar to vaginal secretions – which will encourage harmful bacteria and fungi such as Candida to thrive. This causes increased discharge and a painful inflamed vagina, which causes painful intercourse.”
“Just because something is safe for your lips, for example glitter lip gloss, doesn’t mean it is safe for the vagina. After all one can remove lip gloss and lip bacteria doesn’t control your gastrointestinal track or protect you from gonorrhea or HIV.“Is it safe to gargle might be a better first step in the quest for vagina glitter, but even then the mucosa and anatomy are so different it is really best to not put an untested substance vaginally. I just don’t get the point of inserting glitter vaginally. It is not as if anyone will see it until, surprise, a coitally induced glitter penis! Dudes, I gotta ask. Is this a thing?”